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Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: +1 757-422-9421
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Description: Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when...
Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the house and 1.77 Acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public. Over the years lighthouse and its surroundings have been restored including repairing the lantern after damage from Hurricane Barbara in 1953, repairing the damaged original Aquia sandstone and restoring the surrounding dunes. Today, visitors to the Cape Henry Lighthouse can climb to the top of the tower to enjoy spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
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awesome piece of history

we went to cape henry lighthouse. beautiful day .easy to find got their got inspected by the guards on base very respectful.easy inspection we were prepared seeing we had read... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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hummelstown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

we went to cape henry lighthouse. beautiful day .easy to find got their got inspected by the guards on base very respectful.easy inspection we were prepared seeing we had read what we needed ahead of time.Got to the lighthouse it was awesome 191 steps...I have a fear of heights and I did it quite proud of myself😀its well worth it...... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

The view from the Lighthouse was amazing! It was definitely worth the short drive from VA Beach. Since it's on an active military base be ready to provide your registration and driver's licenses for everyone over the age of 16. We also had to get out of our vehicle so they could do a search.

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River Vale, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Lighthouse is pretty cool, not too bad of a climb but still pretty tough! There is a rather steep set of steps you have to climb in order to get to the lighthouse itself, so be sure you take a breather before your journey up the tower. My issue is with the military police at the front gates of the... More 

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Gloucester Point, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Nice little side trip. On a military base, so be ready to submit to a vehicle search upon entrance, but the light house is definitely worth the trouble. LOTS OF STEPS so you'll need to be able to climb them to be able to both access the lighthouse and to climb into the lighthouse itself. The amazing view from the... More 

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Family climbed all 191 steps to the top for a splendid for a great panoramic view of the bay and the ocean. Located on the grounds of the Fort Story military base, you'll have to show ID at a military checkpoint to enter. If your'e a photographer there's lots of views to be photographed.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

If your a lighthouse buff this is a great place to visit although a bit hard to find so follow the directions carefully and your on your way to seeing 2 lighthouse in one visit.You can access the old light but the new replacement light is off limits to visitors and also know that you are on the property of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The Cape Henry lighthouse is located on an active military base, so expect to go through intense security as you enter. The history of the lighthouse is really neat, as the first public works project by the Federal Government under the Constitution. The $8 fee ($7 for AAA, military, seniors) is worth it for the walk to the top offering... More 

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Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

On a recent visit to the Williamsburg, VA area, we took a side trip to Virginia Beach and then scouted out the Cape Henry Lighthouse at Fort Story as my sons had never been to a lighthouse. First, it was not easily marked and we missed the turn to the entrance. Once you get to the entrance of Fort Story,... More 

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Germantown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Put on your walking shoes! A nice little workout climbing to the top of the nation's first lighthouse, and the first Federal building project. If you're there in the summer it will be very hot at the closed-in top, but....the view is worth it. I saw scores of dolphins swimming along the coastline in mother/baby groups. Also interesting to watch... More 

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North Canton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This lighthouse is on a working army base, so you must go through a security checkpoint before entering. Be prepared to show picture ID, car registration and proof of insurance. They men conducting the search were friendly and got us through in no time. There are 2 Cape Henry Lighthouses. The original brick one and the newer black and white... More 

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